I was absolutely devastated to learn of the death of Philando Castile, a black male who was killed yesterday evening by a police officer who pulled him over in a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
I am referring to Castile’s passing as death, though it is questionable as to whether or not I could categorize his passing as murder.
Castile’s girlfriend filmed the incident of the traffic stop on her cellphone mere moments after he was shot. Hours after Castile’s passing, his mother, Valerie, spoke about the circumstance during a live-stream on Facebook. She voiced her opinion of her sons death, and she and Philando’s uncle blatantly discussed what it is like to be living in America as a black individual.
Her words are as follows:
“I want to remember him the way I last saw him leaving my home earlier that evening…He had a permit to carry. But with all of that, trying to do the right thing and live accordingly, abide the law, he was killed by the law.”